How to Renovate Walls & Steps

Category: Sureset Blog

Posted 13th September 2019 by Duncan Andrews


Ever since the SureSet founders started investigating the idea of mixing resin and quarry sourced natural aggregate to form hard wearing paving in the early ‘90’s the question has always been asked as to how to use the same technology to apply the blended aggregate to dwarf walls, steps and any other vertical surfaces to create a smooth seamless finish.

Fast forward to 2017 and SureSet released their first vertical specific product StepRise. These prefabricated boards are produced in house and are available in any 3mm aggregate blend, to match or contrast any resin bound paving, and by simply cutting to size and attaching to the step face you would be left with a beautifully smooth and hard wearing product that would finish the project off perfectly.

‘Brilliant – problem solved’…but for SureSet the quest to continue researching and bring new products to the resin bound paving market led them to investigate new ideas and test new theories.

In late 2018, after an extended research program using a thicker version of our tried and tested UV stable resin system we were ready to perform tests on another potential new product – Vertical.

Advantages include:

  • Easy to use
  • The perfect way to improve the appearance
  • Can be used with a resin bound install or on its own
  • Available in various standard blends
  • Delivered

The test area chosen was at SureSet Headquarters, a tired and scruffy looking dwarf wall and steps that lead to a side entrance of the building.

The first stage of the installation was to clean and prepare the area – as with any resin bound installation the finish is only as good as the base underneath it, so to ensure success we cleaned, swept and repaired the walls to ensure there was a smooth surface to install onto.

The first step of the installation was to mix and apply the primer to the wall, this helps adhesion and offers a visual reference of the spread rate for each kit. (1m²). Once primed the walls were then ready for the Resin Bound material Vertical to be applied. The aggregate preparation is the same as any other DIY Kit, with the two resin parts being thoroughly mixed then combined with the aggregate. This can then be applied to the upright surface in a similar manner to plastering a wall.

As you can see from the finished pictures below, with no previous experience of installing on vertical surfaces the team had no issues in producing a smooth uniform finish, the kits were easy to use and they were able to provide some great feedback on tips and tricks that we have included in the instruction booklet to help any DIY installations go smoothly.

Finished vertical trial

Results of vertical installation

Finished vertical trial

Results of vertical installation

Vertical DIY is a great way to improve and rejuvenate run down garden dwarf walls, steps, pond surrounds and other vertical surfaces, but if DIY isn’t your forte then a supply and installation option could be of interest.

Contact our team for more information [email protected]

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